3 fast takes from the recent week of sports


1. The Chiefs just got even better – In a sport of balanced power, the NFL prides itself on limiting the potential superteam trend that has ravaged the NBA for the past decade or so; however, Le’Veon Bell hit that notion square in the mouth on the 16th of October when he officially signed a one-year deal with the star-studded Kansas City Chiefs. The three-time Pro Bowler saw a drastic decrease of 502 yards in total yardage and output last year behind a weak Jets offensive line, and he has not had the opportunity to redeem himself because of a severe hamstring injury that was dealt to him in week one of this current NFL season. With that on the table though, the recent change of scenery for him whispers a substantial victory for the Chiefs. As a Super Bowl Contender, the Chiefs obviously are not in need of a running back with the tutelage of Bell, but need and want are two different facets of life and football. With Bell on the depth chart, the Chiefs will possess an even greater amount of various packages to help bolster their already double-digit scoring offense. For instance, Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s workload can now be set down to mirror a more early-down running back. In tune with the play style of Le’Veon Bell, the Chiefs still must settle for patience in the scheme of Bell’s injury outlook for the rest of the season.

2. Cheating isn’t the name of the game – On Saturday, karma was served against the Houston Astros at the hands of the unmerciful Tampa Bay Rays. Charlie Morton absolutely ceased the Astros from utilizing their big batters in the early innings and ended up with six strikeouts and no runs. After five innings, the bullpen was able to nurse the game into the win column for the Rays. Along with the dominant pitching, Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena both slammed two separate home runs into the stands to cushion the late-game push by the Astros. All in all, the Astros cheating scandal that plagued the MLB for the past year has finally been put to rest by a game seven crushing loss.

3. A new world record was set in the Half Marathon – In a matter of one hour, five minutes and 16 seconds, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir crossed the finish line in world-record glory. Jepchirchir demolished her previous world record time by 18 seconds at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland on Saturday. On top of that tremendous accolade, it was her second half marathon title of her career; Kenya remained the number one breeding ground for the elite runners of the world.